Students pan Gene Simmons at 'Rock School'

July 10, 2005 at 4:24 PM
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LONDON, July 10 (UPI) -- Students from one of England's oldest boarding schools were not that impressed with Kiss frontman Gene Simmons.

The singer-bassist of the rock band Kiss -- fresh from performing at the Live 8 concerts -- headed "Rock School," a television reality show that gave 10 gifted musical students the opportunity to learn from Simmons, reported the Sunday Telegraph.

"At times I got really annoyed by him," said a 14-year-old student from east London. "He said, 'Money is the most important thing and if you don't have it, you have nothing,' and I really don't agree with that."

Unlike the students in a recent poll of 2,000 British 5-to 10-year-olds conducted by the University of Luton who said "fame" came first in front of "family" and "soccer" as the best thing in the world, many of "Rock School's" students were not attached to the world of rock 'n' roll.

"I want to be a neurosurgeon or a pathologist," another student said. "If I did go into music, I think it would be something more relaxing like an orchestra."

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